Category: Psychology & Self-Improvement

Podcast: Motherhood and The Dragon of Self-Doubt

Do you struggle to feel “good enough” as a parent or a partner? Do you feel desperate to get that next job promotion? Do you call yourself “fat” or a host of other ugly names? Tune in for real strategies to overcome these self-doubt dragons. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Katherine Wintsch- Self-Doubt Motherhood’ […]

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The Purposeful Parenting Mindset

While there has never been any doubt that a parent’s intentionality with their children’s growth and development influences the child’s success, this influence has previously not been emphasized quite to the extent it is today.  When you think of child development, it likely brings to mind the earliest stages of life. Rightly so, for these […]

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You Can Find Peace in Difficult Times

Where can you squeeze in these moments? It only takes a news report or controversial comment to see that problems today are very real. And these are important. Doing what you can when you can is one way to achieve peace about issues. Plan and make your efforts as meaningful as possible. The feeling of […]

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Models of Social Interaction Do Not Reflect Current Social Life 

The reason is that the physical world is the most desirable of worlds because theories about normal human behavior were developed back when the internet was still a pipe dream and over a decade before social media tore apart our social fabric.  An analogy from the car industry would be measuring how much we drive […]

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Personal Boundaries and Building Self Love

Boundaries are in place from early in your life and are taught and learned in childhood. Social learning theorist Albert Bandura (1977) often spoke on his theory of modeling and imitation which can extend to teaching concepts such as boundaries. For example, if caregivers model and teach firm boundaries for themselves and their children, then […]

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Why Deep Breathing Helps Calm Anxiety

Deep Abdominal Breathing Reduces Anxiety and Stress According to the American Institute of Stress, 20-30 minutes of deep breathing daily is effective in reducing both anxiety and stress. It has to be breathing deeply through the abdomen to produce the best results. What happens during deep abdominal breathing is that the oxygen breathed in stimulates […]

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Are You Able to Receive or Are You Just Taking?

If our religious or cultural upbringing taught us that receiving means we’re selfish, then this belief may disallow us from letting in good things. In addition, we may carry emotional wounds that make it challenging to receive. Our love receptors may have atrophied if we grew up with lots of shaming, criticism, or abuse. We […]

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5 Reasons Your Definition of Love Sets You Up for Failure

The definition of love, on the other hand, is harder to pin down. And so much more complicated when what you think you know is both ironic and contradictory. Love is fleeting. Love is forever. It’s all-consuming, yet mercurial. Difficult to keep. A marriage is love that lasts a lifetime, though you better enjoy the […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 27, 2020

Stay well, friends! Does ‘Mommy Brain’ Last? Study Shows Motherhood Does Not Diminish Attention: Well, not sure I’m buying this just yet (ha!), but new research out of Purdue University might have debunked the “mommy brain” theory. By studying mothers who were at least one year postpartum — and not early postpartum, as most earlier […]

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Addressing the Reality of Domestic Violence Against Men

COVID-19 has raised the awareness of many issues that have not been brought to the forefront in the past. One of them is domestic violence against men. Family violence is a problem that many organizations, therapists, law enforcement agencies, and others have been working to combat and hope to eliminate. However, due to the need […]

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7 Decisions of High Hope People

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Sexual Abuse and Eating Disorders: What’s the Connection?

Barbara (all names changed for confidentiality) describes, “My father’s best friend molested me in our garage starting when I was seven. I was filled with such anxiety that I began gorging on everything that wasn’t tied down. I gained 30 pounds by the time I was 11 which my mother attributed to my eating too […]

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Challenging the Negative Stories We Tell Ourselves   

Communicating Through Narratives Our culture is permeated with narratives. All stories — whether they’re romance, adventure, or action — are built on an arc where the struggles, conflicts, and challenges introduced are worked out in a final resolution. As humans, we are naturally drawn to this story arc. It forms a recognizable pattern that we […]

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Podcast: The Trauma of Racism- An Open Dialogue

Why does racism still exist in America and what can be done? Tune in for an informative discussion on race that leaves no stone unturned. This podcast was originally a live recording on Facebook. SUBSCRIBE & REVIEW Guest information for ‘Okpara Rice- Racism Trauma’ Podcast Episode Okpara Rice joined Tanager Place of Cedar Rapids, Iowa in […]

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The Power of Creativity in Stressful Times and How to Cultivate It

Creativity can also calm us. As Amy Maricle noted, “As an art therapist, I can say that when you’re feeling stressed, sad, or angry, there’s a lot of satisfaction in being able to express what you’re feeling in words, images, or shapes, and then slowly transform it through paint or collage.” Research has even found […]

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I Think I’m Calm, So Why Do I Feel Anxious?

It’s a frustrating and confusing way to exist. Unfortunately, when there are events that affect the world around us on a large scale, and over which we have no control, this feeling isn’t uncommon. Many of us are existing in a heightened state of anxiety right now. It’s no wonder — coronavirus, earthquakes, riots, and, […]

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COVID-19 and Responsibility OCD

Of course, I wasn’t used to staying indoors and working from home, but in terms of the compulsive handwashing, the lingering fears of contamination, and the constant worry of whether I had been careful enough were already part of my everyday life. This novel coronavirus brought a reality that most had never experienced. For some […]

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Podcast: Is Addiction a Disease?

What’s your take? Tune in for an in-depth discussion which covers every angle of this often controversial topic. (Transcript Available Below) Please Subscribe to Our Show:And We Love Written Reviews!  About The Not Crazy podcast Hosts Gabe Howard is an award-winning writer and speaker who lives with bipolar disorder. He is the author of the […]

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The Power of Self-Worth: Recognizing Your Value 

Adults with a history of childhood neglect or abuse often struggle with insecure attachments throughout life, including issues in forming and maintaining a healthy sense of self-worth. Enmeshed, anxious-ambivalent, angry-dismissive or avoidant attachment styles are at an increased risk for diagnoses like depression, anxiety, and in repeating cycles of unhealthy relationship dynamics which perpetuate feelings […]

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The Sweet Psychology of Indulging During a Pandemic

Cooped up Americans are copping to their new bad habits. In a survey conducted in April, one in four adults admitted that they have been eating more sugary and salty treats. More people seem to be baking their own sweet indulgences. Maybe that’s not so bad since home bakers rarely add ingredients such as preservatives […]

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What the Police Could Learn from Psychologists

If we want police officers to set a better example in their behavior and attitudes, I think no better place to start is with a police officer is trained — the police academy. And while I’m sure academies teach a lot of people skills, I think they’re missing an opportunity. Maybe police academies could learn […]

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‘Sorry for Your Loss … Let’s Get Back to Work’: On the Nature of Grief

Grieving is painful, and pain is uncomfortable. Nobody enjoys it, so a stigma has developed around it. Since our childhood we have been conditioned to bury or avoid our “negative” feelings. Sports are a good example. “Shake it off” and “Rub some dirt on it” are two lessons children are taught when injured. Social media […]

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